China slammed over ‘unsafe intercept’ of US spy plane in international airspace

The Courier Mail
Date: June 8, 2016
By: Rohan Smith, news.com.au

WHAT is going on in the skies over the South China Sea?

A Chinese fighter jet (like the one above) conducted one of many “dangerous intercepts”. Picture: Office of the Defense Secretary/AP World
A Chinese fighter jet (like the one above) conducted one of many “dangerous intercepts”. Picture: Office of the Defense Secretary/AP
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If you listen to the Americans, jet pilots behind the controls of Chinese fighter aircraft are consistently engaging them in dangerous manoeuvres.

The latest incident took place on Tuesday in international airspace when, according to the US Pacific Command, two Chinese J-10 fighter planes carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a US spy plane on a routine patrol.

“One of the intercepting Chinese jets had an unsafe excessive rate of closure on the (American) aircraft,” Pacific Command said in a statement.

“Initial assessment is that this seems to be a case of improper airmanship, as no other provocative or unsafe manoeuvres occurred.”

It’s not clear how close the Chinese fighter jet came to the US plane and it’s not the first time it’s happened.     [FULL  STORY]

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